It was Winston Churchill who said, ?Golf spoils a good walk.? Obviously someone couldn?t hit a solid 3-Iron. Golf is the sport of kings in my opinion. This is a sport where manners, etiquette and a civilized gentlemanly attitude still exists, unlike some other sports I won?t mention? cough? cough? football? cough!
There is nothing like waking up in the morning, adorning your Pringle sweater and traversing the velvet green fairways on Mother Nature?s back garden. For a long time, Asia was in the dark ages in golf terms, but over the past decade, the sport has risen like a phoenix from the flames in this part of the world. With Asian players such as Thongchai Jaidee, K.J. Choi and a host of young Japanese golfers becoming consistent performers on the PGA Tour, the sport has taken off big style in the region.
I have played golf on three continents, and have to say that there is nothing better than golf in Thailand, especially in Phuket and Pattaya. The amazing climate ensures that nearly every day of the year is prime golfing weather.
The second thing that puts Thailand golf ahead of the rest is the hospitality. Those who have played golf in Thailand will tell that the facilities at the major Thailand courses are breathtaking.
Phuket is approximately the same size as Singapore; however, on the island you will find 9 courses of all levels and styles from the more beginner inclined courses such as Phuket Country, to the Championship courses at Blue Canyon and Red Mountain.
In the Pattaya region alone, you will find over 20 golf courses within a 45-minute drive of downtown Pattaya, all of which have competitive pricing and are extremely well maintained. Pattaya is still somewhat an enigma on the world golf holiday scene, but it won?t remain a best kept secret for too long, that?s for sure.